Angélica R. Wind, JD Executive Director
Angelica was born to migrant farm workers who eventually settled in NC. From a young age, she witnessed injustices in the farm worker community that instilled in her a high sense of commitment to the struggle for social justice. She has been involved in several social justice movements that include immigrant rights, women’s reproductive rights, and gender equality. Prior to joining, Our VOICE, Angélica worked at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence as their Immigrant Outreach Specialist and Pisgah Legal Services as their Bilingual Court Advocate.Angélica has a bachelor’s degree in Applied Social Science from St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, North Carolina and a Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. She currently lives in Asheville with her wonderful husband and their beautiful daughter.
Valerie Collins has worked for social justice issues since graduating from Emory University with a Master’s Degree in Theology in 1996. Her first role was as a shelter manager for a domestic violence agency in Knoxville, TN. She became interested in non-profit administration and development in subsequent roles, and moved to the Asheville area as the Executive Director of Helpmate, Inc. (a domestic violence agency), where she served for 13 years. She joins Our VOICE in a part-time capacity to support the agency through a period of significant growth and change. She lives in Candler with her husband and a couple of spoiled dogs.
Client Services Coordinator
Stefanie graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina with a degree in Psychology and minors in both Women’s Studies and Spanish. While living in Boone, Stefanie volunteered at a domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy organization. It was there that she recognized the need for bilingual speakers in the social work related fields. Stefanie also recognizes the enduring struggles of many women in the United States and around the world related to sexual violence and gender equality. Working at Our VOICE has given her the amazing opportunity to pursue both passions together. In her spare time, Stefanie enjoys cooking, hiking, movies, and music.
Caitlin Crolley, MSW & LCSW
Caitlin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who relocated from the Atlanta area where she worked in both nonprofit and government agencies to advance social justice for survivors of child abuse and domestic violence. She earned her graduate degree in Social Work and undergraduate degree in Human Services from Kennesaw State University. Since her move to Asheville she has worked in community mental health, where her passion for assisting survivors of sexual abuse and assault became solidified. She is excited to be a part of the Our VOICE team, an agency in line with her core values and passions both personally and professionally. She loves working with individuals and families in the therapeutic process, a process of hope and positive change. In Caitlin’s personal time, she enjoys yoga, hiking, restaurants and spending quality time with loved ones and her sweet puppy.
Rebecca L. Withrow, Ph.D., LPC
Rebecca has been interested in work with Latino families and womens’ issues throughout her career. In 1994 she spent several months in Ecuador completing field research with Las Hermanas Adoratrices, culminating in a senior thesis on feminine identity in that community. Rebecca double majored in Anthropology and Elementary Education at Guilford College, with minors in Latin American and folklore studies. She moved to Asheville in 1995 to teach Spanish and ESL in the city schools, and began volunteering for Our Voice in 2001 while working on her master’s in counseling at Western Carolina University. She completed her doctorate in Counseling and Counselor Education (with a specialty in human development and family studies) from UNCG in 2006. During and after her studies she worked with Latino families with infants and toddlers through the NC Early Intervention program, and began a bilingual private practice serving women, children, and their families. She currently specializes in work with mothers, helping them prevent or recover from perinatal depression, negotiate parenting issues, and heal from past traumas. Rebecca teaches master’s level counseling classes at Lenoir Rhyne University, and is thrilled to join the Our Voice team. She lives in Asheville with her husband and their 2 children, and enjoys gardening, reading, cooking, and knitting.
Prevention Education Outreach Coordinator
Matt began as the Prevention Education Coordinator at Our VOICE in August of 2015. Prior to joining the Our VOICE staff, he was working towards his Masters degree in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation at SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont. He began his professional career in Bolivia, South America as a Peace Corps volunteer working with teenagers and children at a boarding school for students that were survivors of abuse and violence. He called Bolivia home for nearly a decade, working in education and human rights initiatives with several different non-profit organizations. His dedication to peace and prevention education has brought him to Our VOICE. He is passionate about social justice and especially enjoys working with youth and LGBTQ populations. In his free time he enjoys being outdoors, writing poetry, doing yoga and hanging out with his partner of eight years.
RPE Prevention Coordinator
Erin graduated with a BA in Anthropology & Sociology from Warren Wilson College, where she studied racism in the college environment. She began volunteering with Our VOICE in 2006. At this time she worked on the RISE Crew, addressing sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking on the WWC campus. Her work on the RISE Crew included rape prevention & education, survivor support and advocacy, and anti-racism and social justice work. She is deeply passionate about ending sexual violence and finding new, innovative, and inclusive ways to do so. She has planned professional trainings, conscious parties, puppet shows, and writing workshops and is excited to work with the Asheville community to plan effective rape prevention programming. She is originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan. In Asheville, she enjoys spending time with her husband and brother and their dogs, hiking, watching movies, and going to poetry readings.
Heather relocated to the Blue Ridge Mountains from the Sunshine State in 2014. Prior to joining Our VOICE she obtained a B.A. in Criminology and Law from the University of Florida, and her M.S. in Criminal Justice from New Mexico State University. Her passion for social justice, women’s rights, and equality for all courses deep through her veins inspiring her personally, academically, and professionally. In her professional capacity Heather has had the honor to work with survivors of domestic, sexual, and child abuse, in addition to provide prevention, intervention, and awareness education on issues pertaining to LGBTQ youth and the Genocide in Chihuahua, Mexico. On a personal level Heather is currently working to continue her education in efforts to become a licensed therapist. She enjoys studying the enneagram, reading, movies, music, authentic connections, exploring the mecca of cultural inclusion that Asheville has to offer, self-compassion, and spiritual growth
Melanie Gordon-Calabrese, LPC
Melanie has been volunteering with Our VOICE since 2005 and is excited to be part of the staff. She has been working with social justice issues in a variety of ways since a young age and feels lucky to able to work with an organization that promotes her core values and beliefs. She is continually inspired by the healing and empowerment she witnesses from clients on a daily basis. Melanie received her BA in Gender Studies from Simon’s Rock College of Bard and her Master’s in Community Counseling from Western Carolina University.
Papillon DeBoer, LPCA
Contract 1-in-6 Program Counselor/Coordinator
Papillon interned at Our Voice from August 2014 to May 2015, while completing a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling here in Asheville at Lenoir Rhyne University. He was hired in August 2015 as Counselor and “1 in 6” Project Coordinator, to work with men and male-indentified people. His B.A. is from Columbia College of Chicago, and upon graduation he traveled the country for seven years before settling in these mountains in 2010. Most folks call him Poppy which suits him just fine.